Rapid Response

to mass casualty incidents


 

One of the goals we are working toward is a “Rapid Response Team”.  Many larger jurisdictions have the ability to have mental health professionals and critical incident stress teams on the ground.  Small jurisdictions don’t always have the manpower to afford a dedicated team like this. 

At CopStress we want to have the ability to be on the ground within a few hours of any mass casualty event around the country.  We want to be able to set up and work with first responders and families of the victims. 

Many smaller municipalities would benefit from our group of six to eight specialists being on the ground to offer counseling and guidance to first responders in dealing with stresses in the coming days.  Helping them understand what is going on and how to cope with these stresses that could lead to PTSD.  We also want to be there with information for families of the victims in how to seek help in the coming days after the loss of a loved one.  


Deeply impacted

Officers have to show strength on the outside when dealing with a mass casualty incident.  They have to push forward and can’t stop to think of themselves.  We want to be there for officers after the incident to help them once the emotions come rushing back of since less acts of violence on a mass scale.  Officers minds are like any other persons mind.  We think of our family, our kids, or parents and many other things when we see incidents of violence and on a mass scale its intensified. 

First Responders

When we come to a scene of a mass casualty incident we work with all first responders not only police.  We work at the direction of the commanding officer on the scene and never respond to a scene of a mass casualty incident without prior approval of the command of that jurisdiction.  We are only there to provide assistance to that jurisdiction in helping their first responders cope with a mass casualty incident. Donations are how we accomplish these goals in helping first responders. 

Victims and Families

At the request of the department and medical personnel, we also speak with surviving victims and families of victims.  We offer our services and support in understanding who to reach out to.  We try to help them cope with the stresses of what has happened in the mass casualty incident, and provide them with avenues for assistance in dealing with these incidents.